YORK, PA-The York College women’s track and field squad won the 2008 York College Quad on a very wet Wednesday afternoon in York. The Spartans finished the event with 63 points, defeating second place Goucher College by 22 points. Columbia Union placed third with 18 points while Hood finished fourth with 15 points.
The Spartans won eight individual events and one relay as they cruised to the win. Two Spartans, senior Sarah Becker (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion) and Anna Hershner (Glen Rock, Pa./Susquehannock), won a pair of events. Becker was tops in the shot with a best-throw of 33’1.75” while she was also victorious in the hammer with a heave of 115’6”. Hershner picked up a win in the pole vault with a height of 7’ while she also won the 100 meter dash with a time of 14.90.
Freshman Caitlin Mahan (Delran, N.J./Delran) won the javelin with a throw of 85’3” while she also placed third in the hammer with a distance of 89’8”. Sophomore Melody Parshall (Dover, Pa./Homeschooled) also had a strong meet with a win in the 1,500 meter run and a second in the 800 meter dash. Parshall’s time in the 1,500 was 5:19.29 while her time in the 800 was 2:38.29. Alaina Smelko (Punxsutawney, Pa./Punxsutawney) picked up a win in the triple jump, clearing a distance of 32’2.25”. Sophomore Terah Bloemer (Stewartstown, Pa./Kennard-Dale) was the final Spartan to record a win as she placed first in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:21.13.
The 4x400 relay team of Allyson Montello (Adamstown, Md./Urbana), Mackenzie Kauffman (Belleville, Pa./Indian Valley), Parshall, and Smelko recorded a win in their event with a time of 4:13.5.
Montello also recorded one second and one third place finish for York. She was the runner-up in the long jump with a leap of 14’11.5” while she was third in the triple jump with a distance of 30’10.5”. Kauffman was the runner-up in the 1,500 meters behind Parshall as she clocked in with a time of 5:37.96. Freshman Claudia Hess (Reinholds, Pa./Cocalico) notched York’s final second place finish in the 5,000 meters with a time of 26:03.7.
Mackenzie Dolan (Toms River, N.J./Toms River East) recorded a third place finish for York in the shot as she tossed the sphere 30’3”.
The 4x100 relay team of Lauren DeSimone (Shrewsbury, Pa./Susquehannock), Smelko, Bloemer, and Montello finished third in the event with a time of 54.20 as they were just edged for second by .03 seconds.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday, March 29 at the Goucher Track & Field Classic in Towson, MD.